Now that the calendar page has flipped over to June, the season of outdoor farm events in Canada is about to kick off. Here in the west, it all starts with Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina that runs through next week. That show has been held every June for so long I can remember going to it as a teenager.
My first look at Versatile’s Big Roy was at the Regina show. I still remember looking in the cab marvelling at the size of the tractor. A 600 horsepower machine seemed unbelievably powerful at the time when the primary field tractor on my parent’s farm was a 3020 John Deere. Today of course, some production line models have now pushed past that horsepower limit, and high horsepower is the norm.
In mid-July, the relatively young Ag in Motion show near Saskatoon will take place. (Full disclosure: the company that owns Grainews also owns that show.) Because our magazine has access to the show site and its facilities, last year we were able to hold the first–ever Grainews Machinery Challenge, a practical evaluation of a large number of UTVs. This year we’re holding another Challenge. But this time we’re looking at on-farm materials handling equipment. Our field of test machines runs from telehandlers to compact loaders.
The plan is to hold a Grainews Machinery Challenge every year focusing on different machine types each time. That helps us bring our readers even more useful, practical information on today’s equipment offerings.
We’ll report on our judging panel’s findings on how each materials handling machine performed in the pages of Grainews later in the summer. We’ll also have the test machines on display during the show and at least one judge will be on hand for most of the day to discuss the testing. So feel free to stop by and pick the judges’ brains on the testing details if you’re going to come to the show.
There’ll be other practical equipment demonstrations during the show for all show goers to attend. That’s one of the advantages of holding the show out in the country. In Ontario, Canada’s outdoor farm show, which runs in early September, also focuses strongly on practical demonstrations. (Our publisher owns that show too.)
Later in the fall, the indoor show in Red Deer, Alberta, kicks off. And there are other focused events going on later in the year as well.
So there is no shortage of events to get to. For anyone who wants to comparison shop in equipment, there’s no better place to do that than at a farm show where its possible to see several competing machines in just a few hours—and maybe even see them in action.
Even if all you intend to buy is a hotdog, there’s no better way to spend a day with the family. Be sure to stop by the Grainews booth at Ag in Motion if you attend that show and say hello to the Grainews editorial team. We may even have a little bit of swag to give away.